Remembering Mets History (2006): Mets Have Three Walk Off Wins in Five Games

The powerful 2006 Mets ended the first month of the season in first place, with a six-game lead over the second place Phillies & Braves. 

Willie Randolph's team was ready for a post season run. This week they would win three games with dramatic walk off wins.

Monday May 1st, 2006: On this night they hosted Frank Robinson's Washington Nationals in front of 28,310 fans at Shea Stadium.

Mets hurler, Victor Zambrano pitched one of his better games as a Met, allowing just one run, an RBI single to catcher, Brian Schneider. In six innings of work, he scattered five hits, walked two & struck out four. 

The bullpen of Pedro Feliciano, Duaner Sanchez & Billy Wagner each pitched a shut out, hitless inning to get to the bottom of the 9th, tied at one.

In the 6th Carlos Delgado led off the inning with a solo HR, the Mets only run of the game until the 9th. With one out in the 9th, pinch hitter, Julio Franco drew a walk. Endy Chaves came in to pinch run for Delgado.

Jose Reyes then singled putting Chavez in scoring position. Paul LoDuca hit a bouncer to first, Nick Johnson attempted a double play but his throw was wild, Chavez came home & scored the winning run on the error.

Wednesday May 3rd, 2006: Two nights later, Jim Tracy's Pittsburgh Pirates (8-21) came to town. The pitching match up was Pedro Martinez against Ian Snell, in front of 33,668 at Shea.

In the 1st, the Pirates Freddy Sanchez, the 2006 NL batting Champion, hit a solo HR. The Mets answered as Kazuo Matsui hit a ground rule double & Carlos Delgado doubled to left, just missing a HR. 

The game stayed tied until the 6th, Cliff Floyd led off with a base hit & was sacrificed over by Ramon Castro. Endy Chavez doubled scoring Floyd & Jose Reyes tripled making it 3-1 Mets. Reyes would lead the NL in triples for the second straight year, as well as stolen bases.

In the 9th Billy Wagner blew the lead serving up two walks followed by RBI hits from Jose Fernandez & Ronny Paulino. 

Duaner Sanchez held down the 10th inning & side arm submarine thrower, Chad Bradford the 11th & 12th, earning the win.

Two future Mets, Salomon Torres & Roberto Hernandez held the Mets down over the next two innings, before Mike Gonzalez took over. 

In the bottom of the 12th, Carlos Delgado blasted a walk off HR, giving the Mets the game winner. It was the first of five walk off game winning hits Delgado would have in his career.

Friday May 5th 2016: The Mets were on a roll, entering tonight's game (20-9) winners of seven of their last nine. Tonight, they hosted Bobby Cox's (12-17) Atlanta Braves, in front of 47,720 at Shea Stadium. Tonight is was Steve Trachsel going against Kyle Davies.

In the 1st, although he grounded out, Mets nemesis Chipper Jones still brought in a run, 1-0 Braves. In the bottom of the inning, Carlos Beltran tied it back up with a solo HR.

In the top of the 2nd, Brian Jordan singled & was brought home on Brian McCann's double.

In the 3rd, Kyle Davies walked three batters, including David Wright with the bases loaded, tying up the game once again, 2-2.

In the 6th Brian Jordan doubled, Brian McCann drove him home, stole second & scored on Matt Diaz's base hit. It was now 4-2 Braves. In the 6th they tacked on two more runs with RBI singles from Andru Jones & Jeff Francoer, making it 6-2.

In the 7th, Davies was knocked out as Reyes led off with a base hit & Paul LoDuca doubled. A Brave error led to the first run of the inning, then Carlos Delgado, Cliff Floyd & Kaz Matsui all added RBI singles tying up the exciting game at six. Another classic Mets Braves game for the Shea Stadium Faithful.

The score remained tied until the 11th, then Wilson Betemit led off with a HR off Billy Wagner.

Cliff Floyd answered, as he led off the bottom of the 11th with a solo HR of his own

The game went to the 14th, with one out Carlos Beltran drew a walk off Jorge Sosa. He then reached second on a passed ball. David Wright then blasted a ground rule double, scoring Beltran with the walk off game winning run.

The Mets would win nine of eleven games, holding a five game lead over the Phillies. The 2006 Mets would win the NL East, going 97-65, but lose the NLCS to the St. Louis Cardinals.


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